I am a socially engaged interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, sound, installation, and sculpture. I make safe and compelling situations and environments in which viewers and participants can hold and examine that which is most close to their hearts. Much of my work is an exploration of difficult and uncomfortable aspects of our human experience: dying, forgiveness, and climate change. I'm interested in pushing societal norms around dying and the lack of conversation about the inevitable.
Much of my practice is collaborative and projects like the live performance Torcher Chamber Arkestra combine fire, music, sound, and electronics. Projects such as Forgiveness, are interactive and often collaborate with supported groups, in situations with imbedded duty of care.
Often using glass for its sonic, encapsulating, and transparent qualities, live performances may include the making or near or total destruction of objects. Using my body to act upon objects I have often made can emit sound transcendent or a deafening wake-up call.
I try to make work that is emotionally and spiritually useful. Feedback teaches me that these works can be beneficially life-changing for some and that the environment of an exhibition which contains captured and broadcast performances, can lead to social dialogue and exchange with profound positive effect on well being.
Leading workshops and teaching are some of the greatest joys of my life and I have led workshops on conceptual art, spirit, peace, forgiveness, and musical instrument making with young school groups, veterans, the elderly with dementia, asylum seekers, faith leaders, MCs, fellow artists, and the public. I teach flameworking internationally in universities and centres of glass excellence.
Exhibitions including outreach that changes the content of the exhibition, like Forgiveness, can be hired for your area and chosen participant groups. Contact me here for more information.
My installations tend to be quite large in scale and need institutional-sized spaces to be exhibited. So whilst most of us do not have cathedral-sized living rooms, you can still own a small piece of some of my larger installations. You will find these components of internationally exhibited artworks in my shop here: www.carriefertigstore.